If a motor vehicle is registered in your name, you're responsible for making sure it meets all the requirements.
All vehicles driven on the road must be registered and issued with registration plates – commonly called number plates. They must be clearly visible on your car.
All vehicles on New Zealand roads must have a current warrant of fitness (WoF) or certificate of fitness (CoF).
Licensing is sometimes confused with registration. Licensing is the payment of a fee to use a vehicle on the road. All vehicles used on the road must be licensed regularly and must display a current licence label on the windscreen.
Light vehicles – those with a GVM of 3500kg or less – must display a current RUC licence if powered by a fuel type other than petrol, LPG or CNG.
Heavy vehicles – those with a GVM of more than 3500kg – must display a current RUC licence, regardless of fuel type.
You’re legally required to let Waka Kotahi know as soon as you buy or sell a motor vehicle. The best way to do this is online.